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Orlando City fires Adrian Heath, only manager in club history

New York City FC v Orlando City SC

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 08: Orlando head coach Adrian Heath salutes fans during an MLS soccer match between the New York City FC and the Orlando City SC at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on March 8, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. This was the first game for both teams and the final score was 1-1. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

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This truly will be something new for fans of Orlando City SC.

The Lions have cut ties with longtime boss Adrian Heath, the manager who shepherded the club into its first season in USL and later Major League Soccer.

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Assistant coach Bobby Murphy and Orlando City B assistant coach Anthony Pulis take the helm on an interim basis.

The team announced the move in an open letter from owner Phil Rawlins, which began:

Today is a very sad day for everyone associated with Orlando City and for me personally, as we agree to the mutual release of my good friend and our Head Coach for the past eight years, Adrian Heath.

As a Board, we believe that we have reached a tipping point in our Club’s history where we must evaluate, learn and make difficult decisions. Decisions that are designed to continue our progression as a Major League Club.

Orlando missed the playoffs by five points in its debut MLS season, but is currently on pace to make the playoffs on points-per-game.

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